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hot to work with .icl files (icon library) in VB ???

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Hello,

I need to open a .icl file and extract one ico from it at random (at runtime of course) and I do not wat to extract each and every .ico within the .icl file manually only to use loadpicture() in VB...

Instead I want to be able to work directly with the .icl file, something like
Loadpicture("..../iconlib.icl", iconNumberSuch) or
Loadpicture("..../iconlib.icl", iconName)

I would also like to be able to create a new .icl file...

But I have found NO example of how to do this in VB? nothing on msdn, and other help sites...

Does anyone here have a working sample or source code to share or a pointer to a help site?

Thanks in advance
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Question by:aquila98
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by:Erick37
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See this sample:

"Viewing and Retrieving Embedded Icons with ExtractIcon"
http://vbnet.mvps.org/code/icon/extracticon.htm
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by:aquila98
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Thanks...
I saw this sample but:
 hIcon = ExtractIcon(0&, sIconFile, index)
Call DrawIcon(Picture1.hdc, x, Y, hIcon)
Call DestroyIcon(hIcon)

this hIcon cannot be used in a treeview or in a menu or in any place where loadpicture should be used...

Unless there is a way to convert the hIcon to a IPicDisp? and then load it like it came from a loadpicture call???

I must set it on a status bas also so my requirement are as follows:
sbStatusbar.Panels(2).Picture= LoadPictureFramICL("iclfilename.icl", "icon name") or
sbStatusbar.Panels(2).Picture= LoadPictureFramICL("iclfilename.icl", iIconIndex)

thanks.
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See this sample code:

Create a VB Picture from an API Icon Handle
http://www.vbaccelerator.com/home/VB/Tips/Create_a_VB_Picture_from_a_GDI_Icon_Handle/article.asp
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